the power of silence, the practice of patience

we had this shitty conversation
a few hours past the day’s end

oneway questions were asked
viscous judgement was passed

but the air was so good
so goddamn cool a n d good

how accepting could you possibly be
spewing unwarranted advice that makes me

flounder
stumble
unsure

advice that makes me

defensive
hollow
i pull grass from dirt

but the air so cool and  g o o d
it felt so goddamn cool and good

strangers in the dark i’ve got dirt under my nails and i flounder but i’m learning

i’m unsure and i’m hollow (i’m still) but i’m learning
to pause and think and keep quiet til morning

i flounder but i’m learning and i believe (i have to)
in patience (i think) and (for sure) the breeze

i’m unsure and (often) defensive but i’m learning to keep quiet
pull grass from dirt pierce tongue with nails (here it goes) and pry it

i cannot speak (did you let me?) throw my tongue in the dirt (i have to)
how kind could you be spewing dogmata (there it is) and hurt

and still the air felt good and cool
dried my tongue in the dirt  s o  q u i e t l y   c o o l

i flounder but i’m learning and i believe (i have to)
fill my mouth with dirt and grass and leaves

pull the nail from each finger to clean out the dirt
focus on that pain (one more time) not dogmata and hurt

i stumble and flounder but i’m learning and i (have to) believe
in the power of silence and the longflowing breeze
in the practice of patience with no tongue amidst teeth

goddamn the air it feels so good
spew leaves from my mouth (float) the air’s  s o   g o o d

i stumble and flounder but i’m learning and (i think) i believe
in the power of silence no words (dirt) spew leaves
in the practice of patience (i’m still) swallow moments with ease

the air  i s  s o   g o o d
it is  s o   g o d d a m n   g o o o o o o o o d

you’re talking i’m listening (i think) and i want to believe
through the power of silence and my love for the breeze (i’m still)
through the practice of patience and dirtcovered teeth

a n d   t h e   a i r   s o o    g o o o o o o o o d
theairissogood

keep talking (here it goes) i’m listening you’re talking (here it goes) i’m listening just talking (here it goes) i’m listening hollow talking (there it is) i’m listening keep talking (here it goes) and i should be listening (i have to)

so here it goes (stop talking) so here it goes (stop talking) so here it goes (stop talking) and here it goes (stop talking) hollow words (stop talking) here it goes (stop talking) hollow words (stop talking) and here it goes (stop talking)

i’m allowed to flounder stumble unsure
i’m defensive hollow (i’m still) i pull grass from dirt

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